American Girl Doll Wildflower Dress with Ruffles and Drawstring Handbag

American Girl Doll Wildflower Dress with Ruffles and Drawstring Handbag
Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Dress and Bag Crochet Pattern

I wanted to make a summer outfit that was a bit dressier. Something a doll could wear for an evening out, but at the same time casual enough for walking around town. This wildflower dress and handbag combo is the result.

The dress is about knee-length and features a back button closure. I used a drawstring to cinch the waist. The skirt features 3 sets of ruffles in pink, purple and red. I used small crochet flowers to decorate the chest. The dress is worked top down in one piece, the bodice is worked in rows with the opening on the back, the skirt is worked in rounds. The ruffles are worked later using the surface crochet method.

The handbag features a drawstring closure and a flower on the side to complete the wildflower theme.

You can purchase this dress from our Etsy store!

Materials: Aunt Lydia's Fashion Size 3 Crochet Thread 100% mercerized cotton, 150 yards (137 meters), color Bridal White - 1 ball (MC)
Small amount of thread in salmon pink, purple and scarlet (CC)
Small flower-themed buttons in one of the above 3 colors.

Hook 2.75 mm

Gauge for V-st: 16 V-sts x 12 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)

Abbreviations and Special Stitches:

  • Ch – chain
  • Dc - double crochet
  • Sl st - slip stitch
  • ch-space – chain space
  • V-st = (dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated stitch or space.
  • V-st in V-st = V-st in chain-space of the V-st
  • Ch 3 in the beginning of the row/round counts as 1 dc
  • Ch 4 in the beginning of the row/round counts as 1 dc and 1 ch

Dress:

The dress is worked top down in one piece, the bodice is worked in rows with the opening on the back, the skirt is worked in rounds. The ruffles are worked later using the surface crochet method.

Yoke

With the main thread, chain 41.

Row 1: insert hook in the 4th ch from the hook, the first 3 ch count as 1 dc, 1 dc in each chain. Turn. (=39 sts)

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the next dc, * ch 1, 1 dc in the next dc - repeat from * to the last dc, 1 dc in the last dc. Turn. (=75 sts)

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc in the ch-1 space - repeat from * to the last 3 sts, 1 dc in each of the last 3 sts. Turn. (= 75 sts)

Row 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *V-st in each ch-1 space - repeat from * to the last 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn. (=109 sts)

Rows 5 and 6: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *1 V-st in each V-st - repeat from * to the last 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn. (=109 sts)

Divide for bodice and sleeves:

Row 7: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, 1 V-st in each of the next 4 V-sts, ch 3, skip the next 8 V-sts, 1 V-st in each of the next 11 V-sts, ch 3, skip the next 8 V-sts, 1 V-st in each of the next 4 V-sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Bodice:

Row 8: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, 1 V-st in each of the next 4 V-sts, V-st in the first ch of the ch-3 space, skip the next ch, V-st in the third ch of the ch-3 space, V st in each of the next 11 V-sts, V-st in the first ch of the ch-3 space, skip the next ch, V-st in the third ch of the ch-3 space, V-st in each of the next 4 sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn. (= 73 sts)

Row 9: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *1 V-st in each V-st - repeat from * to the last 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn. (=73 sts)

Row 10 (belt row): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *1 dc in the first dc of the V-st, ch 1, 1 dc in the second dc of the V-st - repeat from * to the last 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 11: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *1 V-st in each ch-1 space - repeat from * to the last 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn. (=73 sts)

Row 12: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *1 V-st in each of the next 5 V-sts, 2 V-sts in the next V-st, repeat from * 3 times, 1 V-st in each of the next 5 V-sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn. (= 82 sts)

Rows 13 and 14: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *1 V-st in each V-st - repeat from * to the last 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc.

Finish row 14 in the following way: stop before the last 2 dc, fold the work and overlap the beginning 2 dc with the last 2 dc. Make 1 dc in the first of the ending dc, then make a slip stitch into the first dc of the beginning of the row. Make 1 dc in the last dc of the row, then connect it with a slip stitch to the second dc of the beginning of the row. In this way you join the work into a round and you have a button band of 2 dc on each side of the back opening. (= 80 sts)

Skirt:

Round 1: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in the same st, V-st in each V-st across the round, skip the last dc. Join with sl st. (= 27 V-sts)

Round 2: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in the fourth ch of ch-4 space, V-st in the same ch of ch-4 space, *1 V-st in each of the next 8 V-sts, 2 V-sts in the next V-st - repeat from * twice, 1 V-st in each of the last 8 V-sts. Join with sl st.

Round 3: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in the same st, V-st in each V-st across the round. Join with sl st. (30 V-sts or 90 sts)

Round 4: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in the same st, V-st in the same st, 1 V-st in each of the next 5 V-sts, *2 V-sts in the next V st, 1 V-st in each of the next 5 V-sts - repeat from * 4 times. Join with sl st.

Rounds 5, 6, 7, 8: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc in the same st, 1 V-st in each V-st to the end of the round. Join with sl st.

Round 9 with contrasting thread: fasten thread in the first V-st, ch 3, 2 dc in the same V-st, *sc under and between the next 2 dc the posts of the neighboring V-sts), 3 dc under the next ch-1 space of the V-st - repeat to the ends of the round. Join with sl st.

Ruffles:

You can make as many ruffles as you like. We have ruffles in the first and fifth rounds of the skirt.

With contrasting threads: fasten thread in the first V-st, ch 3, 2 dc in the same V-st, *sc under and between the next 2 dc (the posts of the neighboring V-sts), 3 dc under the next ch-1 space of the V-st - repeat to the ends of the round. Join with sl st.

Belt:

With contrasting thread, chain as many sts as you need to make a belt about 20" long. Sc 2 rows in each chain (row 1) and each sc (row 2). Tie off. Cut thread.

Flowers:

With contrasting thread, ch 3, join to make a circle, ch 1, 12 sc in the circle. Tie off. Cut thread. Leave tails long enough to fasten the flowers to the dress.

Finishing:
Weave in all thread ends. Sew flowers onto the yoke. Sew buttons to the back. Thread belt through row 10.

Drawstring Handbag

Bag is worked from bottom up, in the round.

Chain 4, join to make a circle with sl st.

Round 1: ch 1, 8 sc in the circle. Join with sl st.

Round 2: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), sc in the same st, *1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc - repeat from * to last sc, 1 sc in the last sc. Join with sl st. (=12 sc)

Round 3: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), sc in the same st, *1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc - repeat from * to last 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the last 2 sc. Join with sl st. (=16 sc)

Round 4: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), sc in the same st, *1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc - repeat from * to last 3 sc, 1 sc in each of the last 3 sc. Join with sl st. (=20 sc)

Round 5: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), dc in the next sc, *ch 1, dc in the next sc - repeat from * to the end of the round. Join with sl st.

Round 6: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip dc, dc in the ch-1 space - repeat from * to the end of the round, Join with sl st.

Round 7: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), skip dc, dc in the ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip dc, dc in the ch-1 space - repeat from * to the end of the round. Join with sl st.

Rounds 8, 10, 12 like round 6

Rounds 9, 11 like round 7. Tie off. Cut thread.

Strap

Secure yarn to the upper edge of the bag. Chain 35 or to desired length. Insert hook under ch-1 space on the opposite side of the upper edge, yarn over and fasten the chain to the edge, turn. Make a row of sc in each ch. Attach the handle to the other side of the bag in the same way. With a contrasting thread make another row of sc in each sc. Tie off. Cut thread.

Flowers: Make several small flowers in contrasting colors.

Finishing:

Weave in thread ends. Sew on flowers. Chain a string about 10" long. Insert the string in the upper edge of the bag. Pull the ends. Tie a bow.

Enjoy!

Chart for yoke and bodice

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Chart for skirt

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